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Found 57 results

  1. Can't Identify

    Morning! I was fossil hunting along Calvert Cliffs, MD this week and saw a weird pattern in the cliff wall line. I found a plate with unusual patterns on it. At first I thought it may be a turtle shell but now I'm thinking it may not be. I would love to get some insight. Thanks!
  2. Is this even a fossil?

    I found this “rock” on the beach in Key West, Florida a number of years ago when I stepped on the bulbous part. The shape interested me so I kept it. Recently while watching a documentary about fossils it occurred to me that this looks strangely like part of a fossilized femur. I was wondering if anyone can identify this and confirm or deny my suspicion. Also, if it is a fossil, approximately how old might it be?
  3. Cataloguing software?

    My ever expanding fossil collection is without documentation. With all the details of the fossils in my head alone, is there a software or website capable of cataloguing my collection? Ideally i'd like to be able to upload photos of each fossil and fill in custom parameters and notes for each. Does something like this exist? Note: I am running macOS Sierra version 10.12.1
  4. I've seen people acid prep their keichousaurs and they come out beautiful. I know nothing about acid prepping, so what would I need if I was going to prep my own keichousaurus? Is it as simple as soaking it in chemicals to melt away the rock?
  5. What kind of clay is best?

    So I've been trying to get creative with fossil displays, and I've seen people use a kind of clay to display their fossils and ID cards. What kind of clay should I look for???
  6. I was curious about the bare snouts I see on art/restorations of dromaeosaurs (and maybe other feathered non-avian theropods, but I mostly associate it with dromaeosaurs) and tried to do a bit of Googling on the topic, but I've found conflicting reports on whether or not there's strong evidence for it and not much in the way of actual specimens/papers that relate to it. I thought I'd throw the question out here, as I'm sure some of you have thoughts and/or sources on the subject! (Related: if at least some of them did have bare snouts, do we think they would have been covered in scales or bare skin?)
  7. Academia.edu?

    Question for the room. I didn't know where to put this, so I posted it here. Does anyone on here have access to Academia.edu, or to any other solid sources of searching published academic papers? I keep getting notifications that I have been cited in a few highly cited papers, particularly ones pertaining to paleoceanography—which if anything I ever did was to ever be cited—would probably be pertinent to that. There is a far more knowledgeable Jay C. Wollin in the field, but I don't think he does much with marine fossils. I'm just curious to know if any of these citations could be related to me rather than him. (Not entirely likely, but I admit, the constant notifications have me intrigued.) Thanks, everyone!
  8. Howdy. I always see green river stingrays that are "inlaid." I THINK inlaid means they took the stingray and placed it into a better looking matrix, is this correct?
  9. No Idea If It IS One, If Not, So Sorry!

    Having read the new member posting cautions, do not want to waste anyone's time. We're just baffled. Besides splitting shale, once in awhile finding grass or fern ( since we were kids ), spend a fair amount of PA time crawling around Appalachians looking for Native American petroglyphs, etc. They're around, sometimes in odd spots. Fun, poking the camera somewhere promising, one time in a thousand you'll find something interesting ( besides a snake ). Only using ' Fossil ' ID because it looks like it was alive? Found this, last year. Went back several times after going through pics. It's beneath a flat-ish, large rock perched among a ton of others, promising niche, sometimes old carvings survive when protected. It doesn't seem to be one, not any we've come across Tough getting pics, pretty ' in there '. What on earth is it, please?
  10. Since getting into fossils something has been bugging me alot about material from the Jurassic and especially material from such places as colorado, utah, etc. Alot of bone material I see online for sale, mostly fragments in various sizes are usually unlabeled and generalized as being from any dinosaur from the Jurrasic. I wonder if there is at least a way to differentiate at least herbivore bone from theropod bone (like allosaurus from camarsaurus)? Is it similar to the method used for cretaceous bone of the honey comb pattern or not? I'm curious why it seems harder to identify Jurassic bone piece, I'd appreciate any input or discussion, thank you. For example would the first two pictures be considered theropod and the last herbivore?
  11. Matrix Question

    Hi forum, I'm currently looking at a Plesiosaur tooth from Morocco. The listing says, preserved in phosphatic matrix. Does this mean it was found like this, or placed in this by the seller? Thanks
  12. Ok this might be the most stupid question you have even had on here but it's bugging me and can't seem to get any good pages or images on google, and it is basically to do with the scapula and coracoid, how would it have been attached to the main skeletal system of theropods? as from looking at museum's and models it seem like it is just slapped on the side of the ribs which would not have provided much support or structure, and with sauropods would it have been attached to fused vertebrae like it would be for sacral vertebrae? Thanks for you time to read this. Matt
  13. Another Austin creek find.

    So I have another one for y'all. I found this in the same creek as what I now know is a rudist (thank's guys). Any ideas?
  14. Simple question is this trilobite real partially real or completely fake I understand much of large Cambrian trilobites are completely fake and have no actual genuine fossil remains in them I would like to be informed of which category this "fossil" falls into thanks in advance. (I'm expecting all the replies to be fake if it is completely fake with no fossil remains at all I ask for advice on what to look for next time I know most of the common signs only after the purchase of the "fossil" but before I completely give up the idea of a genuine fossil I figured some more experienced people could look at it again thanks in advance.
  15. I just got my hands on a geological map, and near where I live there is Alluvium on river banks. This is Holocene, so pretty young and I understand alluvium is basically soil. Is there fossils possible in this stuff? Or even subfossils? Btw I'm not sure if this is in the right category so mods feel free to move it. Thanks guys!
  16. I have collected a considerable amount of Cowshark teeth, over the years. All have been found in the Calvert Cliffs.These include whole ones and partials. All of the teeth that I have found have the same characteristic except one. The serrations that are on the first blade, are small, stay close to the blade, and follow the contour of the blade going up. Except for one that has larger cusps, that grow out and away from the first blade. I have seen cowshark symphaseals and I know this is not one. But my question is this odd tooth, is it just from a different placement in the jaw, a pathological tooth, or a different species. Any help would be gladly apprecieted. 1st pic is of the typical teeth. 2nd pic is of tooth in question. Thanks for looking.
  17. Dinosaur Claw Question

    Hi TFF, I have this dinosaur claw from Hell Creek. I purchased it a couple months ago and now I have noticed something I didnt really notice when I first got it. Its like hair- type stuff in the fossil itself. I thought it was just from the riker box it was in but when I tried taking it off, it was like it is part of the claw. Was just curious if you guys know anything about it if its is fungal or something. And how to take the stuff completely off it. Thanks guys and for the replies.
  18. Mam mnóstwo znalezisk z tego obszaru. Powiem więcej zdjęć w sekcji odpowiedzi. 1. 2. 3.
  19. Rock with bulges

    Any idea what this could be? I almost didn't keep it, but it really looks like it could be something. est 6''x4'' with a dept of 3'' found near Rome GA
  20. Fossilized Wood?

    Here is the top, side to follow 4 inches, found around Rome, GA.
  21. question about a bone

    hi guys, yesterday i found this bone while collecting fossils plants , really i dont know if its fossilized or not, maybe not. If not i will keep it anyway, its nice
  22. And another one

    I've got another one for you guys. is it a concretion?
  23. Hello, I am completely new to everything related to fossils but my little brother is interested in paleontology (he is 9). I live in the north york area (toronto, ontario) and I'm considering looking for fossils with him(he has never went). The only river I really know of is the don valley river. It is possible for me to go right next to the water since there is a little animal-made trail there if that is of any importance. The river goes through the West Don Parkland. Overhead view of the river: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.760302,-79.4425897,284a,20y,62.99h,41.66t/data=!3m1!1e3 We aren't really looking for any specific fossils so I don't plan on going too far, I wouldn't go outside of toronto. Really anything will do. Where do you guys recommend we visit? Is winter a bad time to go fossil hunting? Is the area described above suitable for fossil hunting?
  24. Hawthorne Group question

    I have a question. So I live in Florida, and looking a the map I am attaching I live in the Hawthorne Group. So.... if I dig in a creek am I likely to find fossils? I'm trying to look at these geological maps and distinguish areas which are likely to yield fossils. Particularly shark teeth. Can anyone school me up in this department? Thank you!!
  25. ive found a few fossils as a kid and actually my first fossil find is actually a 1 in 1,000,000 kind of thing how did i find it? i was just playing Jurrasic park... im not kidding i was in my backyard pretending to be Alan Grant "digging for fossils" and i was just hitting random rocks with a small pick and suddenly an actual fossil my reaction was "oh..." i was so dumbfounded any way so i was wondering how scientifically valuable would a leaf with what is probably the branch it came from worth for research? (no financial gain) i want to identify them both however i don't have them with me right now and the petrified branch is something ive not seen and cant even look up its clearly petrified wood however its black and looks almost as if its coated in fine sugar however it looks like its actually fine quarts crystals i was also wondering if its worth mapping both my fossils and the fossils of other kids i went to school with because the types of fossils seems to show what the land looked like at some point its thought that the area was always a muddy silty plain (there's an area near by with so many fossils they cover the beaches and area like sand) until the natural walls of the lagoon broke around 400 years ago and the area flooded and turned into a bay (port Philip bay if you look at it you will know what i mean) however there seems to be a thin stretch that had a lot of petrified wood and leaf fossils i don't know if anyone knows that already or if it would not be considered important Any way cheers guys